Rose: Foundation Review

Sorry, boys. This post may be for the ladies. Today, I’m talking makeup … specifically powder foundation.

Over the past several months, I’ve been experimenting with different foundations. For years, I’ve been a bareMinerals girl. I found this loose powder in college and never looked back. I loved the way it evened out my complexion, hid my acne and seemed to actually improve my skin overtime. But for whatever reason, bareMinerals recently started making my skin extremely dry. I use a moisturizer every day, but it wasn’t cutting it. I felt like you could see the make-up caked on my skin, and I wasn’t a huge fan. While this worked for years, my skin type must have changed, and I needed to look elsewhere.


First up was Laura Mercier

I gave this brand a try because I love their eyeshadows and lip gloss. I’d been introduced to the brand through my brother’s girlfriend, who owns her own spa. She’d given me a bunch of Laura Mercier makeups as a birthday present last year, and I couldn’t get over how well they worked. I’ve never bought upscale make-up before — I never thought it was worth it. But now I realize that by spending a bit more, you will end up with more make-up that provides better coverage over time.

lauraThat said, I bought Laura Mercier’s foundation thinking it would be similar to their other products. But I have to say: I was disappointed. While the powder is loose and translucent, it just looks fake on my skin. You can tell when I am wearing make-up, and that’s not a look I’m going for. Like bareMinerals, it covers nicely but you can always tell there is a thin layer of make-up on my cheeks. I’ll continue wearing it, so I don’t waste what I’ve bought. But I likely won’t purchase this foundation again.

The real winner has been Smashbox.


I bought a sample of this through Sephora to give it a whirl. I love the way it “feeds” makeup. By turning the compact, more powder appears. There is a lot more control this way, and powder isn’t flying everywhere. The coverage Smashbox provides it out of this world. It blends perfectly with the skin and appears as if you’re not wearing any makeup at all. Plus, a little goes a long way. I will say, however, that it’s not as good at covering up blemishes. Down the road, I’d like to purchase a separate CC cream for that. But for now, this is exactly what I’ve been looking for — and so far it doesn’t seem to dry out my skin.

What kind of powder foundation do you use? Can you offer up any tips?